Timeline – 1967 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, July 16, 1967.

“Where do you get your ideas?” is the question that readers most often ask cartoonists. There is no simple answer.

Mort Walker, in the 1986 book, The Best of Hi and Lois, provided some insights into his process. “The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature – it’s frailties, its reasoning power – and the interrelationships between characters,” Mort explained. “Mostly what we do in Hi and Lois is focus on the conflicts between different family members due to their age differences. You get a lot of gags out of the way people reason and do things. It’s human nature you’re after.”

Timeline – 1967 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, March 12, 1967.

In this classic episode, Trixie reviews the events of her day while she is trying to fall asleep. Among the many pleasurable experiences she had were finding jelly beans behind the couch, playing peek-a-boo with the postman, looking in the window of a toy store and curling up with Dawg. In six consecutive thought balloons these activities are recreated in cute drawings showing Trixie in various situations. Her positive mood is disrupted in the final panel when she remembers the unpleasant shot she got at the doctor’s. This type of gag has a rhythm that builds toward the surprise ending.

Timeline – 1966 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, March 13, 1966.

Trixie is the most popular member of the Hi and Lois cast. She gets more mail than any other character, particularly from grandmothers who are sure their grandchildren are thinking the same thoughts. Trixie has added many new dimensions to her personality over the years. She is cute and cuddly, as babies should be. She is also resourceful, perceptive and downright defiant at times. She looks at the world through the window of the Flagston home and sees things no one else can. She loves to feel the warmth of her friend the sunbeam shining on her face. Inside her thought balloons is a running commentary on family life and human behavior.